Hollinger Lawyer Testifies Payments Not OK’d

A lawyer for Hollinger International testified yesterday that an internal investigation showed the board did not approve most noncompete payments to company chairman Conrad Black, on trial in Chicago for misappropriating company money.

Darren E. Sukonick said in video testimony that his Toronto law firm began the investigation after Hollinger’s general counsel told him some of the payments had not been approved, Bloomberg News reports.

The trial of Black and three other former Hollinger executives is in its fourth week.

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